Addie Lackey?s 12-foot jumper with 16 seconds left in overtime proved to be the game-winner as the Hillsboro Trojans slipped past Remington, 37-35, in the sub-state championship game Saturday in Halstead.
The win earns the Trojans (19-4) a berth in the Class 3A state tournament in Hutchinson for the third year in a row under coach Nathan Hiebert, and a fourth trip in five years.
The Trojans got off to a great start when Krista Reimer scored the first basket 29 seconds into the contest and Callie Serene followed with a three-point basket at the 5:39 mark for a 5-0 lead.
But Remington?s Quin Tillotson responded with the next five points on a couple of drives for baskets, plus a bonus free throw.
Reimer scored again with 3:06 left in the first quarter to give Hillsboro its last lead until the overtime period. The two teams were tied at 7 after the first break, and again at 9 just over three minutes into the second period. With Hillsboro missing its next six shots and turning the ball over four times, Remington ended the half with a 9-0 run to go into the locker room with a 16-7 lead. Hillsboro?s only points in the period were single free throws by Lackey and Tena Loewen.
Serene signaled a positive start to the third quarter when she drained a three from the top of the key 13 seconds in. But Remington held its own, and when Mandy McNeill nailed a three with 2:35 to go, the Broncos were up by seven, 25-18.
Then, on consecutive possessions 20 seconds apart, Hillsboro stole the ball and Lackey and Loewen ended up scoring on the other end, suddenly pulling Hillsboro back to within three, 25-22, and energizing the Hillsboro crowd. By the end of the quarter, Remington had bumped the lead to 28-24.
Lackey started the fourth period with a 16-foot basket, and when Reimer added a free throw at the 6:47 mark, the Trojans were within a point, 28-27. But Hillsboro hit another cold spell, missing its next four shots, including back-to-back-to-back three-point attempts. When Serene was fouled on the fourth miss from behind the arc, she managed one of three free throws to pull HHS?into a 28-28 tie with 3:01 left in regulation.
Neither team scored again until Tillotson scored in the paint with 43 seconds to go. After a Trojan timeout, Loewen drew a foul on a shot in the paint and calmly drilled both free throws to tie the game at 30 with 27 second left. Loewen preserved the tie when she forced a Bronco turnover with five seconds remaining.
Tillotson started the scoring in overtime with a free throw at the 3:02 mark. On the next possession, Lackey scored off an inbounds pass on the Trojan end, was fouled and swished the free throw for a two-point Hillsboro lead with 2:09 left.
Remington?s Jessi Green scored at the other end 20 second later. The two teams then combined for four empty possessions on three turnovers and a missed shot. But the third turnover was a steal by Allie Faul who passed ahead to Lackey for the layup with 50 second left.
Tillotson tied it one more time with 29 seconds to play before Lackey scored her winning basket 13 seconds later.
The freshman overcame a case of the jitters in the first half to score 13 of her team-high 14 points in the second half and Serene added nine for the game. Tillotson scored 17 to lead all scorers.
Hillsboro managed to prevail despite being outshot from the floor, 28 percent (13-46) to 38 percent (12-32) and from the free-throw line (9-16 to 10-13).
Remington, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, finished its season at 20-3.